No matter what part of the world you go to with your bike, there's always a chance of finding the “local classic".
In France, it's impossible to miss La Marmotte. Italy has its own equivalents in Maratona de Dolomites and Gran Fondo Stelvio. But what happens when you shy away from high mountain passes, famous alpine climbs and head north for Scandinavia?
We followed a group of riders from Pas Normal Studios to the Danish spring classic, Grejsdalsløbet, to experience the race at first hand.
Grejsdalsløbet has its start and finish in Vejle, 250 kilometres from Copenhagen, and is set in the bottom of the archipelago nestled in between lush green forests and wide open fields. The thing you don't experience by looking at a map of Vejle is the never-ending amount of short and punchy hills making the area a tough combatant on race day.
With the race being set in Denmark there are no long climbs. No high mountain passes. Instead, there's no shortage of 500-1500 metre climbs, that will slowly wear out most riders and define the group of select riders that will be in front of the 220-kilometre race.
8.15 am. A series of punctures early in the race caused by the harsh gravel surface and cobble sections.
8.25 am. Chasing down the front group after a change of wheel.
9.00 am. Back in the front of the race.
10.45 am. Entering the feed zone.
11.35 am. Back in the front group, a small group of riders sit on the front. The chase is on.
12.30 noon. A new group is formed by Kasper Anker.
1.47 pm. The chasers reach the final hill. 700 meters / 14% / Max. 20%.